Captitolwire: Two Republican lawmakers announce ‘hold harmless’-type bill for schools, in case there’s budget impasse

Reprinted with Permission By Christen Smith, Staff Reporter, Capitolwire HARRISBURG (April 13) – Two Republican lawmakers announced plans Monday to introduce what they call “School Funding Guarantee Legislation.” Rep. Dave Hickernell and Sen… More

Erie schools near decision on early-retirement plan

The Erie School Board is getting closer to voting on an early-retirement incentive that could lead to as many as 200 employees getting $25,000 each for departing before the 2015-16 school year. Erie schools Superintendent Jay Badams and board President Bob Casillo both described the incentive as a pivotal tool in eliminating a $7… More

Editorial: The statesman championed cause of education funding

Given the battle over Gov… More

Editorial: Good schools are good for the whole community

In states where voters decide whether a millage rate should be increased to support public services like libraries and schools – neighboring Ohio is among them – proponents often fear an inordinately high turnout of senior citizens at the polls… More

PA First Lady Frances Wolf visits Pottstown PEAK early education programs

Frances Wolf, wife of Gov. Tom Wolf, was introduced to Pottstown Friday through the eyes of its youngest students and those working to improve their chances at success in life… More

Pennsylvania schools will begin revised PSSA tests today

The PSSA testing window for grades 3-8 opens today. One of the most significant changes in the assessment test is the addition of writing to the reading test, now called English language arts, in grades 3-8. Writing previously was tested separately and only in grades 5 and 8… More

Main Line district sits for PSSAs with 20x increase in opt-outs

Parents in some suburban Philadelphia school districts are opting out of standardized tests in previously unseen numbers. One test, the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments (PSSA) starts today. Newsworks… More

Gov. Wolf thinks pension funds paying too much in fees

Pennsylvania’s push to erase more than a $50 billion pension fund shortfall could come to a head this year as the state’s Republican-controlled legislature and its Democratic governor try to negotiate a solution that both sides can live with… More

The U.S. Senate wants to rewrite No Child Left Behind; how would it change public schools?

No Child Left Behind may soon be a law that gets left behind. For more than two months, U.S. legislators have debated an overhaul of the education policy that ushered in an era of high-stakes testing in public schools… More

Beyond ‘failing schools’: The difficulty of fairly comparing public schools on uneven playing field

In an era where standardized test scores often determine a school's reputation and, ultimately, its survival, comparing and judging schools based on results has become a commonplace ritual… More